On Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at 01:19 PM, Charles Martin wrote: > The structure of UNIX is, to be fair, more complicated than that of OS > 9, and so it's not a simple drag-and-drop operation to back up your > stuff if you want a complete bootable "turnkey" backup. However, tools > exist to make backups complete and easy to do, so the "complication" > of symbiotic links and other UNIX-y stuff does not need to concern > most users. By far, the easiest and most trouble-free way to make > backups of your data is to use a separate (preferably external) hard > drive and a cloning program such as Carbon Copy Cloner. Your backup is > then complete and bootable and you can resume working almost > seamlessly in the event of a main HD problem. I am using a Maxtor external drive but Dantz Retrospect takes too long to back up the entire hard drive every couple days. 2-3 hours. Therefore, while I back up documents quite frequently, I do an entire hard drive backup only every other month or after a new program install, etc. I do need to back up mail with the same frequency as the other documents. > > It is a further good idea to burn CDs/DVDs of your most irreplaceable > data (digital family photos, home movies, your will etc) and keep a > copy completely off-site from your computer to protect that data in > case of fire or other disaster. I do this once a month. Great idea. Thanks for the input.